5th Grade English Language Arts

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Unit 1: Building Community: Seedfolks

Book: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman (Harper Trophy, 2004)

Unit 2: Exploring Human Rights: The Breadwinner

Book: The Breadwinner: 15th Anniversary Edition by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books, 2015)

Alternate Unit 2: Friendship Across Boundaries: Return to Sender

Book: Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez (Yearling, 2010)

Unit 5: Belonging to a Movement: One Crazy Summer

Book: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (HarperCollins Publishers, 2011)

Alternate Unit 5: Seeking Truth: A Wrinkle in Time

Book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Square Fish, Reprint edition, 2007)

Science and Social Studies

Unit 3: Protecting the Earth: Plastic Pollution

Book: Trash Vortex: How Plastic Pollution Is Choking the World's Oceans by Danielle Smith-Llera (Compass Point Books, 2018)

Unit 4: Young Heroes: Children of the Civil Rights Movement

Book: Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights by Belinda Rochelle (Puffin Books, 1993)
Book: Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen S. Levine (Puffin Books, 2000)
Book: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose (Square Fish, Reprint edition (2010))
Book: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery (Speak, Reprint edition (2016))
Book: Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days by Frank Sikora (University Alabama Press, 1st Edition edition (1997))

Alternate Unit 4: Exploring Mars: Spirit and Opportunity

Book: The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch (HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition, 2017)

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